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About us

We are motivated by a vision that the Quartet of Peace will become a South African cultural icon; loved, respected and admired locally and internationally, and used as a powerful tool to solicit support for the musically talented people of this great country.

In order to achieve that, we strive to:

  • Promote reconciliation, mutual respect and tolerance through music, in accordance with the ideals and aspirations of our four Laureates.
  • Create music and performances that will serve as a vivid reminder of where we came from and what we have achieved. South Africans need to frequently remind ourselves of the ideals and resilience that changed this nation forever, and commit to keeping these goals alive.
  • Provide financial assistance to talented young people from disadvantaged communities who seek to advance their careers in the musical field.
  • Address the critical shortage of qualified instrument repair training in South Africa. Without a single training course available in the country, there is a huge need and a huge opportunity for skilled craftspeople to gain invaluable skills in the upkeep of musical instruments.

History

The first concerts featuring the instruments were held in South Africa and Europe in 2010, and in the following year they were played at several venues in South Africa including at the celebration of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s eightieth birthday. They have continued to be widely played. At each of these concerts, the audience responded with great appreciation, touched as much by the ideals behind the Quartet as by the music.

To find out more visit our Events page.

 

Partners

We have established links with inter alia the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, MIAGI, the Apollo Music Trust and BUSKAID, from whose ranks of young musicians, beneficiaries have been and can be drawn.

Financial Sustainability

Nedbank and Rand Merchant Bank have given generous start-up grants, and the Trust is in discussion with other prospective donors in both the public and private sectors. To achieve and sustain the project over the long term, the intention is to build an endowment fund of R10 million or more, through securing support from corporations, public agencies and private individuals.

Trust and Trustees

The South African Peace Quartet Trust was formed in mid-2012. The trustees are Angela Craig, Brian Figaji, Ruda Landman, Andile Sangqu and Nick Segal (chairman).

In order to facilitate fundraising in the UK, the UK Friends of the South African Peace Quartet Trust has been registered as a Charity in the UK (Registration Nº 1151479). The UK Trustees are Lauren Jacobson, Sir David King, Deborah Lavin, Achumile Majija, Nick Segal (chairman),and Iliane Ogilvie Thompson.

Patrons

We are proud to have as our patrons The Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry (UK) and FW de Klerk (SA and UK).

Legal and Tax Status

The South African Peace Quartet Trust is the custodian of the instruments and of the overall objectives of the project. It was formally established in June 2012, registration number IT1588/2012. The Trust has been registered with the South African Revenue Service as a Public Benefit Organisation.

PBO status means inter alia that a donor may claim a deduction of the amount of the donation from his/her taxable income.